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  • #16
    Originally posted by dave74 View Post

    Mincer was speaking of the Washburn marketing, not Ola's.
    Yup. I hear Ola is good at what he does, but I don't generally watch guitar videos these days.
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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    • #17
      I find Ola completely obnoxious, but he's informative and those Solar guitars look like great value. I might try one at some point.

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      • #18
        Ola found a way to make something work and for the heavy tones and review's from that perspective he is probably the most consistent and best thing going.

        I have yet to find a hipster with a tele properly representing anything metal on any channel.
        The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

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        • #19
          Have Indonesian guitars gotten any better? $600-1000 seems a bit steep for an Indonesian guitar. I've had Indonesian LTD's, and they have been nowhere up to par with the Korean counterparts. But maybe they're better nowadays.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Rex_Rocker View Post
            Have Indonesian guitars gotten any better? $600-1000 seems a bit steep for an Indonesian guitar. I've had Indonesian LTD's, and they have been nowhere up to par with the Korean counterparts. But maybe they're better nowadays.
            My Ibanez TAM10 was great. Nothing wrong with the build quality, came with DiMarzio pickups and quality tuners.
            "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Rex_Rocker View Post
              Have Indonesian guitars gotten any better? $600-1000 seems a bit steep for an Indonesian guitar. I've had Indonesian LTD's, and they have been nowhere up to par with the Korean counterparts. But maybe they're better nowadays.
              That's true. You can have a crappy stainless fret-job just as easy as with crappy standard fret-wire.
              If I was buying one that would be my biggest concern. For a grand or more I expect frets to not require immediate attention.
              The Solar Coroner model gets me excited, and part of that is sentimental for sure. I still jam Coroner occasionally, mainly P.F.D..

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Rex_Rocker View Post
                Have Indonesian guitars gotten any better? $600-1000 seems a bit steep for an Indonesian guitar. I've had Indonesian LTD's, and they have been nowhere up to par with the Korean counterparts. But maybe they're better nowadays.
                The only 7-string I still own is a mid-'00s Ibanez from Indonesia. It plays incredibly well with top-notch fretwork from the factory. Biggest let-down was the factory electronics, but that was easily remedied.

                Recently picked up a brand new PRS SE CU24 from Indonesia and, honestly, I grab it more often than I did any of my Core models. Granted, I had to replace the factory nut out of the gate because the slots were cut so sloppy, but that took $20 and 20 minutes of my time and now it plays exceptional! Fretwork, finish, woods used...all excellent! I've played crappier Korean-made guitars.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by dave74 View Post

                  True. I'd much prefer an actual tb6 to a "based on custum5".
                  Big knock on the Washy website though. I was looking at this model and it doesn't even say what the neck-joint is, or what FR type (special, 1000, ect.)
                  How in the world do these people in marketing omit such crucial details? I see this stuff all the time from many websites.

                  https://www.washburn.com/product/s20fr/
                  Well, they expect you to know that FR Special has pot metal sustain block and they list this unit with nickel plated brass-> FR1000. The neck joint is surprise. Website marketing teams are horrendous these days. I thought I've seen it all with major brands having computer mockups and photoshopped strings on guitar product pages, but this one goes on the list too...

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